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May 25, 2010 - Industry News

Industry Applauds Fuel Economy Policy

Trucking company and truck maker leaders are on board with the policy President Obama signed last week calling on two federal agencies to develop national standards for fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions for medium and heavy trucks. "This will bring down costs for transporting goods, serving businesses and consumers alike," Obama said. "We estimate that we can increase fuel economy by as much as 25 percent in tractor-trailers using technologies that already exist.

May 25, 2010 - Industry News

Western Express Chooses Cascadia For Meeting Emissions Standards

Nashville, Tenn.-based Western Express has ordered 900 Freightliner Cascadia tractors equipped with 2010 Detroit Diesel Corporation DD15 engines featuring BlueTec emissions technology

May 25, 2010 - Industry News

CARB Seeks Information From On-Road, Off-Road Fleets

The California Air Resources Board is seeking information and ideas from fleets on possible amendments to the truck and bus regulation and off-road regulation

May 25, 2010 - Industry News

FTR: Fleets Will Face Recruiting Challenges Ahead

Carriers will likely struggle with the driver recruiting process, as the industry's hiring ability has been cut by one third, FTR says.

When freight picks back up and fleets start to struggle to fill previously parked trucks, fleets will be constrained by their ability to hire and train new drivers, according to FTR Associates' Driver Supply Update for May

May 25, 2010 - Industry News

Teamsters Reject ABF Freight's Wage Cuts

With the Teamters' rejection of the LTL carrier's financial relief plan, ABF may now be in a tough spot, analysts say.

Teamsters employed at ABF Freight System rejected the company's proposed changes to the labor contract, which involved a 15 percent pay cut, while protecting pension, health care and welfare benefits

May 24, 2010 - Industry News

Kansas Outlaws Texting While Driving

Kansas has become the 26th state to pass a texting while driving ban, as Gov. Mark Parkinson signed an anti-texting bill into law recently

May 24, 2010 - Industry News

Diesel Sees Largest One-Week Drop in Over a Year

After reaching its highest level since 2008 recently, diesel took its largest one-week slide in over a year.

Diesel continued to drop for the second week in a row, down 7.3 cents to a national average of $3.021 a gallo

Tags: Fuel and Oil

May 24, 2010 - Industry News

ITP Diesel Announces Name Change, New Facility

Diesel retailer ITP Diesel has changed its name to Sinister Diesel and is moving into a 15,000-square-foot retail and warehouse space in Phoenix to open June 1

May 24, 2010 - Industry News

Thermo King's Electric APU Receives SmartWay Verification

TriPacE is the first electric auxiliary power unit offered by Thermo King.

Thermo King has announced that its TriPacE electric auxiliary idle reduction and temperature management system has been verified by the Environmental Protection Agency's SmartWay program as an anti-idling technology

May 24, 2010 - Industry News

Remy Finalizes Grant to Produce Electric Motors

Remy International has received final approval to get started on its effort to accelerate standardization and commercialization of its Remy HVH electric motor technology

May 24, 2010 - Industry News

YRC Worldwide Announces Re-Entry Into Union Pension Plans

YRC and the Teamsters Union are back to discussing pension plans.

YRC has announced its re-entry into union pension plans, with the formation of joint committees made up of representatives from YRC and the Teamsters Unio

May 21, 2010 - Industry News

Transportation Insurance Rates Continue to Decrease in First Quarter

According to the first quarter Transportation Insurance Pricing Survey released by NIP Group, most in the trucking industry are seeing insurance rates continue to drop, with 51.52 percent saying the market is soft

May 21, 2010 - Industry News

Silver Eagle's Aero Saber Skirt Gets SmartWay Nod

Silver Eagle Manufacturing has announced that its Aero Saber trailer skirt has been verified by the Environmental Protection Agency SmartWay program as an advanced trailer skirt

May 21, 2010 - Industry News

Technology Summit Tackles Trucking's Future Challenges

Speakers at the ALK Transportation Technology Summit in Princeton, N.J., last month pointed to better days ahead for the trucking industry, but addressed some of the challenges carriers will face in the next few years to come

Tags: Events

May 21, 2010 - Industry News

Obama Signs Policy Calling for Truck Fuel Economy Standards

At a White House Rose Garden ceremony this morning, President Obama signed a policy calling on two federal agencies to develop national standards for fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions for medium and heavy trucks

May 21, 2010 - Industry News

Intermodal Volume Reaches Highest Level Since 2008

(Photo courtesy of CSX)

During the week ended May 15, intermodal volume reached its highest level since 2008, according to data by the Association of American Railroads

Tags: Intermodal

May 21, 2010 - Industry News

Xtra Lease Orders New Equipment For Lease and Rent

Xtra Lease has ordered more than 3,000 composite dry vans and about 400 new refrigerated trailers that will be available for rent and lease this year

May 21, 2010 - Industry News

Heavy-Duty Truck Sales Improve Over 2009

April sales totaled 8,627 units, up from 6,664 units in April 2009.

Sales of Class 8 trucks gained 29.5 percent in April from the year-ago mont

May 20, 2010 - Industry News

White House Will Announce Plans for Truck Fuel Economy Standards Today

Truckers should brace themselves for national fuel economy standards, which are expected today. (Photo by Bette Garber)

The Obama Administration this morning will announce a plan to set national standards for fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions for heavy- and medium-duty trucks, according to sources familiar with the plan

May 20, 2010 - Industry News

New Report Points to Benefits of Fuel Economy Technologies

Improving truck fuel economy can not only limit U.S. oil dependence and save fleets thousands of dollars at the pump, but it can also create more than 120,000 new jobs nationwide by 203

May 20, 2010 - Industry News

Class 8 Orders Gain 91 Percent in April

The Class 8 market saw quite a boost last month, with net orders up 91 percent from April 200

May 20, 2010 - Industry News

Strategic Partnership to Encourage Women in Transportation to Pursue Technical Fields

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has signed an agreement with the Women's Transportation Seminar International to encourage women to complete undergraduate and graduate degrees in science, technology, engineering and math, while pursuing careers in transportation

May 20, 2010 - Industry News

Reductions in Driver Pay Could Exacerbate Driver Shortage

Truckload carriers have been aggressive in reducing driver pay during this economic cycle, so much so that demographic and regulatory changes could exacerbate an upcoming driver shortage in the next few year

May 20, 2010 - Industry News

Flatbed Carrier Orders International ProStar+ Trucks

Navistar has received an order from Boyd Bros. Transportation for 325 International ProStar+ tractors equipped with EPA 2010 advanced exhaust gas recirculation MaxxForce 13 engines

May 20, 2010 - Industry News

General Truck Tires Receive SmartWay Verification

Continental Tire North Americas has announced that four of its General Tire brand truck tires have been added to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency SmartWay Transport Partnership's list of verified fuel savings technologies

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